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Breaking with 1970s protocol, Bruce Mailman encouraged his dancers to engage in sexual intercourse during the course of a night when he created a darkened balcony upon opening the Saint in 1980. Even if some approached the balcony in a circumspect manner, if at all, thousands ventured there for sex. The action proceeded to become politically explosive shortly after medics announced that AIDS was in all likelihood caused by a virus that spread through bodily secretions such as blood and semen. Horrified by the intensification of the crisis and the lack of a proportionate response, Larry Kramer published an incendiary...

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